Cape marks centenary with Rushdie, Enright and Moshfegh in podcast series

Cape marks centenary with Rushdie, Enright and Moshfegh in podcast series

Jonathan Cape has launched a mini-series of podcasts to mark its 100 centenary, featuring writers including Salman Rushdie, Anne Enright and Julian Barnes.

Cape in Conversation will see authors from across the generations and genres of Cape’s list discuss their work and ideas, giving a flavour of the many kinds of books and different voices that Cape publishes.

The series will be hosted by critic, academic and broadcaster Shahidha Bari who wrote 2019's Dressed: the Secret Life of Clothes for Cape.

In episode one, she will chair a conversation between two Booker Prize shortlisted authors, Ottessa Moshfegh and Rachel Kushner, in which they discuss their writing, the relationship between film and literature, and their research processes.

Episodes will air every six weeks throughout the spring and summer, with other including novelists Rushdie and Katie Kitamura, inaugural laureate for Irish Fiction Anne Enright with graphic novelist Alison Bechdel, and Julian Barnes with artist and memoirist Celia Paul.

Michal Shavit, publishing director of Jonathan Cape, said: “Cape’s centenary this year is the perfect occasion on which to really celebrate the spirit, quality and range of this iconic list. Putting some of our greatest authors in conversation with each other is a gift to us and to our readers, without whom we wouldn’t be the imprint we are today. These conversations are entertaining, fascinating and enriching in equal measure. It’s a rare opportunity to hear the authors discussing things close to their hearts.”

Bari added: “Jonathan Cape has been home to some of the finest writers in the world for 100 years now. The Cape in Conversation podcast invites you to eavesdrop on their intimate conversations about creative practice and the writing life. I hope you'll join us.”

The podcast is produced by Vintage brand executive Naomi Morris Omori and episodes are available to listen on all major podcast platforms.